antenatal care


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antenatal care

Medical surveillance and review performed during pregnancy for the early detection of possible complications of pregnancy, especially pre-eclamptic toxaemia (see PRE-ECLAMPSIA) and uterine and fetal abnormalities. Antenatal care includes general examination, abdominal examination, vaginal examination, regular tests to monitor the progress of the pregnancy, ultrasound scanning, checks of weight gain, blood checks, tests of HORMONES and ENZYMES to assess the efficiency of the PLACENTA, and frequent tests of the blood pressure and urine. See also ANTENATAL SCREENING.
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Earlier research has shown that a noteworthy proportion of maternal death and life-threatening complications occurred in those who did not receive antenatal care but referred to the maternity unit in an emergency condition.14 Hemorrhage was steadily observed to be the foremost cause of demise in all five years.
Family physicians male or female, he pointed out, should be actively involved in antenatal care and should have networking with midwives working in the community.
Therefore, pregnant women are exposed to unidentified risks at the time of antenatal care visits so the skilled birth attendant is an excellent approach to ensure a successful delivery.
Mr Butale explained that communication in the form of campaigns and health talks on the need for early registration and adherence to antenatal care visits by the midwife from Mokubilo to Mmea Health Post on a weekly basis had been done while Khwee has a resident widwife.
Thus, unintended pregnancy has direct relation with poor utilization of maternal health care services during pregnancy like delayed initiation of, or low attendance at antenatal care visits (12-15).
Utilization of maternal health services includes their utilization of any reproductive health services, including Antenatal care (ANC), post-natal care (PNC) and delivery care facilities and the family planning practices.
The worldwide data on maternal mortality and morbidity force us to focus on the importance and acceptance of adequate antenatal care for every pregnant woman across the country.
The main maternal variables were neighborhood and municipality of residence, skin color (classified as white or nonwhite), antenatal care (categorized as yes or no; complete [[greater than or equal to]6 visits] or incomplete [<6 visits]), obstetric issues during the antenatal period (such as infection, bleeding, hypertension, or other), any antenatal treatment required (antibiotics, antihypertensives, or other), mode of delivery (vaginal or cesarian section), postpartum complications (bleeding, infection, hypertension, or other), and maternal treatment required in the postpartum period (e.g., antibiotics, antihypertensives, perineal surgery).
"The survey has questions on antenatal care, the birth experience and care at home after the birth, and women who have recently experienced maternity services are best placed to provide us with the information we need to ensure women in the future are getting a first-class service."
Through this capacity-building program, GE Healthcare and local partner Ferozsons L.L, will cooperate with the Ministry of Health to train healthcare providers and midwives in nine districts of Punjab on utilizing ultrasound technology to help enable the provision of 24/7 high-quality antenatal care.
Despite progress in other areas of development, Pakistan, today has one of the world's highest rates of maternal and newborn deaths during childbirth, with over 14,000 mothers and 300,000 infants dying annually.The government of Punjab is investing Rs 500,000,000 in order to ensure that pregnant women, even those in remote areas have access to quality antenatal care and ultrasound diagnosis.
Safia Mirza has stressed the need for educating mothers about antenatal care and said pregnant women should avoid heavy work to remain relaxed in their every day life.